Here in This Island We Arrived

About the Author: Elisabeth H Kinsley

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Here in This Island We Arrived
  • Elisabeth H Kinsley
  • 27 March 2017
  • 0271083220

Here in This Island We Arrived In This Book, Elisabeth H Kinsley Weaves The Stories Of Racially And Ethnically Distinct Shakespeare Theater Scenes In Late Nineteenth And Early Twentieth Century Manhattan Into A Single Cultural History, Revealing How These Communities Interacted With One Another And How Their Work Influenced Ideas About Race And Belonging In The United States During A Time Of Unprecedented ImmigrationAs Progressive Era Reformers Touted The Works Of Shakespeare As An Antidote To The Linguistic And Cultural Mixing Of American Society, And Some Reformers Attempted To Use The Bard S Plays To Americanize Immigrant Groups On Manhattan S Lower East Side, Immigrants From Across Europe Appropriated Shakespeare For Their Own Ends Kinsley Uses Archival Material Such As Reform Era Handbooks, Theater Posters, Playbills, Programs, Sheet Music, And Reviews To Demonstrate How, In Addition To Being A Source Of Cultural Capital, Authority, And Resistance For These Communities, Shakespeare S Plays Were Also A Site Of Cultural Exchange Performances Of Shakespeare Occasioned Nuanced Social Encounters Between New York S Empowered And Marginalized Groups And Influenced Sociocultural Ideas About What Shakespeare, Race, And National Belonging Should And Could Mean For AmericansTimely And Immensely Readable, This Book Explains How Ideas About Cultural Belonging Formed And Transformed Within A Particular Human Community At A Time Of Heightened Demographic Change Kinsley S Work Will Be Welcomed By Anyone Interested In The Formation Of National Identity, Immigrant Communities, And The History Of The Theater Scene In New York And The Rest Of The United States